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Professional Price, Professional results. Amateur Price…

Semi-Permanent make-up has been a celebrity favourite for some time now – A-listers including Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani are known to be fans. And recently, it is even beginning to come down in price for us mere mortals too.

Unfortunately, where there are new procedures and new markets, inexperienced con-men (or more often than not, con-women in this case) insinuate themselves as the truly cheap alternative. After all, the prices are falling right? Maybe this offer of Semi-Permanent make-up for only £100 is just the latest price drop?

Not so much.

Applying semi-permanent make-up requires a great deal of skill. If the wrong pigment is used, eyebrows or lips can come out the wrong colour — sometimes even red or blue. Lines can also be put in totally the wrong place, or be drawn on uneven, like a child’s dot-to-dot book. Reversing these mistakes can be a long, painful and costly process.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to avoid all this. There are several tell-tale signs of a professional, and equally, several signs of an amateur.

Most well respected practitioners will charge upwards of £200. Anyone charging less than £150 should be treated with extreme suspicion. They may advertise it as a voucher, or deal, in order to make it seem as though their regular prices are far higher. This is, most commonly, a trick.

Any practitioner with enough skill doesn’t offer huge discounts, because that skill and training was hard won. Huge discounts can often be a sign of a young entrepreneur with questionable ethics, looking for unfortunate victims to practice on.

Another thing to watch out for, and make sure you ask for, are qualifications. Legally, these are not required, but any practitioner who is skilled and capable will have taken the time to train properly. Always ask to see qualifications. Anyone can wear a nurse’s uniform, anyone can wear scrubs. Qualifications are a sign of expertise that cannot be faked easily.

The news is full of horror stories of cosmetic treatments gone wrong. Do a Google search if you like.

Every single one is yet another reason to choose a professional at a reasonable price, over an amateur at a price that proves too good to be true.

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